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Top Royalists Lock Horns in Lawsuit

Two senior officials from opposing royalist parties were called into a Phnom Penh court Friday, in a defamation and disinformation complaint highlighting the fractured nature of Cambodia's royal politics.

Norodom Ranariddh Party Secretary-General You Hockry filed a complaint on June 19 against Funcinpec Deputy Secretary-General Srey Kosal, accusing him of defamation and disinformation for comments made ahead of July's election.

Both men were called into court Friday. If found guilty, Srey Kosal faces up to five years imprisonment and 100 million riel, or $25,000, in fines.